Special Education Parent Council
We are parents of special needs children that attend Gilbert schools. We have volunteered to serve on this Council because we strongly believe we can make a difference in our special education community.
Through our efforts, we hope to enable you to become effective advocates for your children.
Our focus is on:
- Acting as liaisons between the district, the schools, and families regarding special education issues
- Responding to parents' information needs
- Providing training to parents
- Maintaining the Gilbert Special Education Resource Library
- Encouraging the development of the Gilbert special education community.
In addition, some members of the Council have undergone training to become IEP Parent Partners. This training goes in-depth into the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and the evaluation process. These Gilbert parents want to ensure that all parents are fully-participating members of the IEP team.
IEP Parent Partners
What can you expect from an IEP Parent Partner?
IEP Parent Partners can facilitate communication between parents and school staff, provide reassurance and additional resources and help build positive relations among parents and school staff. Their goal is to empower parents through the IEP process.
What is an IEP Parent Partner?
An IEP Parent Partner is someone who has attended a minimum of three pieces of training on the IEP process conducted by Raising Special Kids. IEP Parent Partners are available to provide support to parents through the IEP process, answer questions and attend meetings with parents in the Gilbert Public Schools.
Special Education Resource Library
Resource library materials are available for community members to borrow. It is located in the Special Education Department office, District Headquarters, 140 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, AZ. You may contact the Special Education Receptionist, 480-497-3474, for information on the availability of resources and to ensure access to the collection.
The major topics of information found in the library include:
- Early childhood development
- Autism Spectrum
- General information on special education
- Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Behavior disorders
We always welcome donations or recommendations regarding special education resources you would like to have access to or that have helped you. Drop off donations with special education receptionist.